Eurofighter completes first phase of Storm Shadow trials
Alenia Aermacchi has completed the first phase of tests for the integration of the Storm Shadow long-range missile onto the Eurofighter Typhoon.
According to Alenia Aermacchi, the tests, which began in December 2013 with development aircraft IPA2, have already covered a number of aspects of aeromechanical missile integration onto the aircaft and further flight trials are planned as the programme moves through to full integration.
The next step in the programme will be ‘inert drop-tests’ followed by environmental data gathering tests. Avionic flights will then be performed to test functional integration including dedicated missile release tests.
In the deep attack role Eurofighter Typhoon will carry two Storm Shadow missiles whilst maintaining the ability to carry 8 air-air missiles. This will enable Eurofighter Typhoon to fight its way in and out of the combat area.
Alberto Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter, said: “After these flight tests and after the completion of the qualification process Storm Shadow will enter into the list of available payloads. This will see the realisation of a further consolidation of the Eurofighter Typhoon’s air-to-ground capabilities. It is another significant step on the capability enhancement routemap.”
At the Farnborough International Air Show, Eurofighter confirmed that NETMA, the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, had officially placed an order with it to integrate the Storm Shadow long range attack missile onto the aircraft.